Corn stalk cutter
used in lieu of a hand-held corn knife when shocking corn.
Sprawling over 236 pages, the catalog offered every conceivable plow share, walking plow, sulky plow, gang plow, harrow, planter, stalk cutter
, cultivator, drill, hay loader and wagon, in addition to a limited selection of products built by other manufacturers, including Adriance harvesting machinery and mowers, McDonald Bros.
Blue's first invention seems to have been a stalk cutter
that he patented in 1891.
Other pieces in the collection include cultivators and plows, dump rakes, grain drills, hay press and loader, stalk cutter
, earth mover, box sower, portable elevator, manure spreader, binder, picker, shellers, scales, and more.
As Avery's daughter Sadie wrote later: "At last the machine was ready, but the market did not respond." Broke and in debt, Avery moved to Kansas, where he farmed and tinkered with a new stalk cutter
. By 1872, Avery was back in Galesburg and he and Cyrus began to manufacture a spiral knife stalk cutter
Jones steel header, and a footrest from a Parlin & Orendorff stalk cutter
. "I might buy an interesting piece because it appeals to me visually," Jim says.
Once I told him what I had found, he changed his Web site to reflect that the implement was a corn stalk cutter
and had a price of $1,500.
Case manufactured 58 categories of farming equipment-including mowers, grain drills, cultivators, plows, corn binders and stalk cutters
- as well as construction machinery.
By 1891, the company was producing steam engines, corn planters, cultivators and stalk cutters
. Beginning in the late 1800s and continuing for more than 30 years, the company manufactured wooden threshers in eight sizes ranging from a small 19-by-30-inch model to a large 42-by-70-inch unit.
A pair of stalk cutters
is also prominently displayed.
The back third is a gem of a section covering soup to nuts: very interesting and rare free-standing shellers, box shellers, World War II-era scrap metal drives, check wire and rope, corn planters, leg-mounted stalk cutters
, shock binders, husking pegs, seed corn dryers, fence post signs, sacks and other memorabilia.
By the early 20th century, Parlin & Orendorff claimed to be "The largest and oldest permanently established plow factory on earth," with a full line of moldboard and disc plows, listers, stalk cutters
, disc, spike tooth and spade harrows, corn and beet planters and all kinds of cultivators.